The Association of Applied Biologists - Sustainable Intensification Conference

Tuesday, 28th November 2017 to Thursday, 30th November 2017

Announcement and Call for Papers

A 3-day conference at Rothamstead Research, Harpenden, Herts, UK.

Full information and registration available on the Association of Applied Biologists website or on the conference flier

Agriculture accounts for around 70% of the UK land area. It plays an essential role in the rural economy not only through the production of food and other agricultural outputs, but in the delivery of a wide range of additional ecosystem services and environmental outcomes. These include the provision of clean water, the regulation of air quality, flooding, climate and nutrient cycles, biodiversity, cultural, aesthetic and recreational value.

In addition, the global food supply system faces an unprecedented challenge to feed a growing global population and food security is firmly on the political agenda. UN projections of population growth indicate that the global food supply system will have to feed between 9 and ten billion people by 2050 and, furthermore, the world’s population is expected to continue growing during the second half of the century.

The challenge for the agricultural sector is therefore one of sustainable intensification. This means increasing food production while simultaneously reducing environmental impacts and enhancing the wide range of interlinked ecosystem services that society needs from land. The UK Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) has sought to address this challenge by investing £4 million of research through the Sustainable Intensification Research Platform (SIP) which is due to be concluded in November 2017. This conference will explore the outcomes of SIP and other relevant research.


GCRF Workshop 'SDG Interactions - The role of Environmental Science

Monday, 4th September 2017 to Tuesday, 5th September 2017

The call for registration to attend and present at the GCRF community workshop ‘SDG Interactions – the role of environmental science’ is now live on the NERC website.

The workshop is open to attendees from across the UK research community who are interested in applying to the 2nd GCRF collective fund call Interdisciplinary Research Hubs to Address Intractable Development Challenges and are seeking to build collaboration with the UK environmental science community in order to develop a GCRF Hub proposal.

The aims of the workshop are as follows:

  • Inform attendees about the Global Challenges Research Fund and the 2nd collective fund call Interdisciplinary Research Hubs to Address Intractable Development Challenges.
  • Share experience and best practice in Official Development Assistance research, forming equitable partnerships, developing interdisciplinary research programmes and delivering large scale hub investments.
  • Discuss and identify opportunities for the UK environmental science community to engage in the 2nd GCRF collective fund call and facilitate links between, academics, international development practitioners, beneficiaries and users across a range of disciplines.

The deadline for registration to present at the event is 16:00 on 7th August 2017.

The deadline for registration to attend the event is 16:00 on 14th August 2017.

NCI summit 2019

Tuesday, 21st May 2019 - 9:30 to Wednesday, 22nd May 2019 - 16:00

Valuing our Life Support Systems 2019 offers an independent platform for people in science and policy, NGOs, businesses and local communities to discuss and debate innovative natural capital solutions that enhance the environment and strengthen society. This is your chance to share what you know about the latest developments in natural capital science, policy and practice – and find out what you don’t.

For information and to register